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View Poll Results: Is 'Car Modding' Worth It?
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:43 PM   #431
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Hell yea it is. I have too much money in to it and a lot of head achs from it, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Love my Zetec
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Old 03-04-2012, 08:08 PM   #432
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Completely worth it for me.

I don't expect a $ return, I spend money wisely (like buying my car with a procharger already installed), and I get a unique vehicle that I will enjoy much more than a stock one.

I'm going for a semi RS conversion, with the whp to back it up.
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:42 PM   #433
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It all depends how you define "worth it" if something brings you joy and the cost of that is worth it to you. From a purely financial standpoint, absolutely not.
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:05 PM   #434
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It is worth it to me. I have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of modding my car, and I am not(nor will ever be) done modding it.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:31 PM   #435
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Financially Modding a car is a poor decision.

However as a hobby, I think it can be one of the best. People fail to realize that for many of us more time is spent with our vehicle than with most other hobbies one might have.

To me this means it has a greater return on investment than most other hobbies. I spend 2-3 hours a day driving my car for work and arraigns, thats not including time I would spend playing with my cars.

If I were to be into R/C Planes, Golf, or many other options I could not ever spend as much time with the Hobby than I do with my car.

So to me with this understanding its absolutely worth it.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:42 PM   #436
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Originally Posted by jamesthebikeguy View Post
Financially Modding a car is a poor decision.

However as a hobby, I think it can be one of the best. People fail to realize that for many of us more time is spent with our vehicle than with most other hobbies one might have.

To me this means it has a greater return on investment than most other hobbies. I spend 2-3 hours a day driving my car for work and arraigns, thats not including time I would spend playing with my cars.

If I were to be into R/C Planes, Golf, or many other options I could not ever spend as much time with the Hobby than I do with my car.

So to me with this understanding its absolutely worth it.
Completely agree with you on this!
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:10 PM   #437
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If you have the money and you enjoy it and it's what you want to do it's worth it. I keep my mods small and performance related. I've never been a fan of aftermarket rims, or body kits. I do like interior ambient lighting though, and if I can get it to look stock in my SVT I would do it. I have a K&N drop in, and a CFM dog bone, and would like to get Tom's tune, and a HFC, and a TB...All of those make good sense to me. More power and efficiency to me is always worth it.
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Old 06-01-2012, 05:17 PM   #438
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I think modest mods, particularly the ones that can easily be undone, are OK, but trying to make a Focus into a Ferrari is pointless in my view. If the stock FF doesn't have enough power for you get a car that does. I mean, why buy the FF then shell out a few thousand dollars on performance upgrades when it would be cheaper to just buy a Mustang with 2X the power of a modded FF.

Not only that, when it comes time to sell your car not only will you not get your money back for the mods it's very likely the the mods will reduce the value. I mean, if you were buying a used FF would you buy one from a kid that modded it and likely ran the piss out of it? I wouldn't!


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Old 06-05-2012, 02:35 PM   #439
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Priorities will change with age and the toy won't seem as important once you have kids and house.

I still love modding but I'm also realistic about my finances and the need to wring out every pony from a 200hp car doesn't have a grip on me anymore as I'll be happy with my Focus with a few simple mods just to be different than the Focus next to me at a light.
I'm even quite content to leave the STI alone and don't want to turn it into a money pit.

I did spend a ton of money modding/racing my '93 DSM and in the end I wish I had bought a house sooner than modded a car but hindsight is 20/20. It was fun but when you move away from the car it's easy to wish for some of that money back.

Bone stock w/195hp paid $14000 w/20k on it in '95


I'm sure over the 9 years i raced it it cost me over to $10000 but for 400hp and AWD and leaving a Viper off the line just before you clip him in the 1/4 mile helped make it worth it.


And then there was the Type R - $25k new then added a JRSC,header,exhaust,AEM ECU and grippy rubber.
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:40 PM   #440
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And unless you have appropriate income don't own two at a time.
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